I got an email today for “the courts” showing information on filing a complaint against a Federal Judge. The manifest injustice is, as anyone who has ever filed a complaint against a federal court judge knows, that the complaint will go to “the chief judge of the court in which your complaint is filed”
In other words, if you file a complaint, let’s say against Judge William S Duffey, Jr who is at the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, the Chief Judge from either there, or the 11th Cir. Court of Appeals, which is right around the corner, gets the complaint.
Now, who in their right mind, thinks this a fair way to handle a complaint about a Judge? Be real!
So this article comes in as Manifest Injustice of the WeeK!
Filing a Complaint Against a Federal Judge
July 08, 2010
A new document on uscourts.gov explains the process for complaining that a federal judge has committed misconduct or has become disabled.
The document, which can be found here (pdf), also discusses what you should include in a complaint, and explains what happens after a complaint is considered.
In most instances, the judge who considers your complaint will be the chief judge of the court in which your complaint is filed. That judge may conduct a limited inquiry, interviewing witnesses and examining other available information. You may or may not be contacted during this process.
If the chief judge orders that your complaint be dismissed or otherwise concluded, you may petition for review of that order. Most often, your petition will be heard by the judicial council of the federal appeals court in which the complaint is pending.
The response that everyone gets, after filing a complaint is that the complaint goes to the merits of the case. What a crock!